by The Vita-Man Nutrtion Center of Las Cruces
Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you tired and fatigued? Then you should have a piece of chocolate. Considered the ultimate super food, chocolate has been used for hundreds of years for its health benefits. This delicious treat boosts your energy levels, strengthens the immune system, wards off depression, and improves brain function. By eating small amounts of chocolate daily, you’ll look and feel better.
What Makes Chocolate Healthy?
Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, chocolate is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats. This decadent treat contains resveratrol, a natural compound that keeps your brain sharp and prevents mental disorders. Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids and flavanols, which delay aging, fight free radical damage, and boost immunity.
The heart-healthy fats in chocolate increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol levels. They also promote cardiovascular health, enhance nutrient absorption, and suppress your appetite. Most nutrients are found in cocoa, which is why you should go for dark chocolate. Studies indicate that cocoa can prolong your life, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and decrease stroke risk.
Why Is Chocolate Good for You?
Dark chocolate is one of the world’s healthiest foods. This treat has been used as medicine in many cultures for centuries. Regular consumption of chocolate can:
- Slow the aging process
- Prevent blood clotting and arteriosclerosis
- Decrease heart disease risk
- Increase endorphin production
- Lift your mood
- Prevent anxiety and depression
- Regulate blood sugar levels
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Increase good cholesterol
- Fight oxidative damage
- Prevent cancer
- Boost your energy
- Lower blood pressure
This super food is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as potassium iron, magnesium, and copper. It also contains theobromine, which fights cavities and keeps your teeth healthy. To reap its benefits, opt for dark chocolate varieties. Eat it raw or mix it with low-fat milk, oats, and sugar-free desserts.